International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
1919 - 2019

It’s about the life-saving and life-changing work of 13.7 million dedicated volunteers worldwide, and the comfort and support they bring to communities large and small every day. It’s about the power of humanity and how our principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1919.

The story of IFRC is one of solidarity

The five founding National Red Cross Societies – France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and the United States – understood the power of partnership and knew that many more lives could be saved and improved by working together, sharing knowledge and resources. We have achieved this milestone together, and we will face and overcome the challenges of the coming years and decades together.
In 2019, we are celebrating 100 years of bringing hope to communities in desperate need, and of bringing the voices of the world’s most vulnerable people to the highest levels of government and international diplomacy. We have advocated for peace and dignity in every country in the world for a century, and will always be there to provide support before, during and after a disaster or crisis.
Find out more about our history

Join the #100YearsChallenge!
We are celebrating 100 years of humanitarian action with our #100YearsChallenge to inspire, encourage, promote and celebrate the Red Cross and Red Crescent. We’ve selected some powerful archive images that show how humanity connects us all, but we can’t tell the full story without you.
Do you have a great photo or video in the archives of your local Red Cross or Red Crescent? Please join the challenge and send us a copy at!